Department of Basic Sciences

Department of Basic Sciences

Introduction

Basic sciences such as chemistry, physics, and mathematics are fundamental and essential elements of fisheries. Department of Basic Sciences at College of Fisheries Engineering, Nagapattinam, started functioning since 2015 in order to perform teaching, research, and extension activities pertaining to fisheries sector. The department has an ideal mix of young faculty with international exposure from different disciplines of Basic Sciences. The department has an experienced faculty to impart quality education, conduct need based research and provide efficient extension and advisory services to the fish farming community. Department of Basic Science has a state of art laboratory for students, disease diagnosis and water quality laboratory to serve the farming community, an ornamental fish display unit with 32 tanks and 25 varieties of fishes to exhibit to the school children, and to impart knowledge to the common public regarding the advantages of growing ornamental fishes in the houses. The department also have a wet lab facility with 4 one ton tanks and 250 litres of tanks more than 30 numbers to conduct need based research in the field of fisheries science.

Objectives

  • To offer courses in Basic Sciences such as Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English.
  • To undertake research in Basic Sciences pertaining to Fisheries.
  • To facilitate fisher folks and industries with analytical services and extension programmes for strengthening of fisheries sector.

Teaching

Sl.No Course No Course Title Course Credits

1.

MAT 101

Matrices, Calculus and Complex Analysis

(3) 2+1

2.

MAT 102

Differential Equations and Transform Theories

(3) 2+1

3.

MAT 201

Numerical Methods for Engineering Applications

(3) 2+1

4.

MAT 301

Engineering Statistics

(3) 2+1

5.

MAT 302

Operations Research

(2) 1+1

6.

PHY 101

Engineering Physics

(3) 2+1

7.

CHE 101

Analytical Chemistry

(3) 1+2

8.

CHE 102

Engineering Chemistry

(3) 2+1

9.

ENG 101

Communication Skills and Personality Development

(3) 2+1

10.

COM 101

Programming in C and C++

(3) 2+1

11.

FBR 101

Fisheries Biology and Fisheries Resources

(3) 2+1

12.

AQC 201

Principles and Practices of Aquaculture

(3) 2+1

13.

FEM 301

Fisheries Economics and Management

(3) 2+1

14.

FEE 401

Fisheries Extension and Management

(3) 2+1

Students performing practical experiments in Basic Sciences Laboratory

Research Projects

Sl.No Scientists involved Title of the Project Funding Agency Budget (Rs. In lakhs)
A. EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH
1. Dr. A.Uma, (PI) Prof. FREC, MMC, Chennai
Mr.T.Anand, (CO-PI) Asst. Prof., COFE, TNFU, Nagapattinam
Dr.N.V.Sujath Kumar (CO-PI) Prof. & Head, Dept. of Fish.Inf.&Stat. FC&RI, Tuticorin
Dr.D.Manikandavelu (CO-PI) Professor
E-fish health surveillance and monitoring network to improve Fisheries production in Tamilnadu funded by Tamilnadu State planning Board, TANII scheme.
Under this scheme a satellite lab at Nagapattinam is going to be established with a financial outlay of 115.5 lakhs for three years duration from 23.03.2017
TANII 590.40
2. Mr.T.Anand, Asst. Prof., COFE, TNFU, Nagapattinam (as CO-PI) Establishment of Fish and Shell Fish Health Certification and Disease Surveillance Laboratories in Tamil Nadu for Enhancement of Aquaculture Production (Nagapattinam component) (2016 -2018) NADP 36.90
3. Dr. M. Sivakumar
Dr. M. Sivakumar
Dr. P. Karthickumar
Dr. Mohammad Tanveer
Dr. D. Kesavan
Development and demonstration of innovative fisheries engineering interventions for the production maximization in fisheries industries in Tamil Nadu TANII 75.20

Sl.No

Title of the Project

Year

PI & Co- PI
of the Project

Funds
(in Rs)

Funding Agency

1.

Preparation of porous carbon derived from low-cost biomass for desalination

2016 - 2017

Dr. D. Kesavan

1,00,000/-

TNJFU URP

2.

Development of bio-piezoelectric material from prawn shell

2017-2018

Dr. M. Ramar

1,00,000/-

TNJFU URP

3.

Validation of different mathematical drying models for recirculated hot air dryer for dry fish production

2017-2018

Dr. M. Kamalakannan

65,000/-

TNJFU URP

Capacitive deionization of ground water: SEM and FE-SEM morphologies of porous carbon (a&b), FE-SEM and EDS of Ag/PANi/porous carbon (c-e).

Outreach/Extension activities

Sl.No Name of the Extension activities/ Program Year Beneficiaries

1.

Invited Talk on "Design and Development of Biobased Functional Nanomaterials by Novel Methods", National Conference on "Emerging Trends in Material, Medicinal and Environmental chemistry", by Dr. D. Kesavan at Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore

2018

350 College students

2.

Invited Talk on “Enhancement Efficiency of Organic Light Emitting Diodes” by Dr. M. Ramar, ElectrophyAssociation, A Seminar on RTOM - 2K18 at PG & Research Department of Physics, E.G.S Pillay Arts and Science College, Nagapattinam

2018

300 College students

3.

Invited Talk on “Mathematical Modeling”, by Dr. M. Kamalakannan at National Seminar on Recent Trends in Fuzzy and Mathematical Models at Sir Issac Newton College of Arts and Sciences, Nagapattinam

2018

300 College students

4.

One Day Workshop on Essential Statistics for Data Analysis, Dr. M. Kamalakannan, at College of Fisheries Engineering, Nagapattinam

2018

20 Students, teachers and research scholars

5.

One Day Workshop on Solar Cell Panel and its Application, Dr. M. Ramar, at College of Fisheries Engineering, Nagapattinam

2018

19 Students, teachers and research scholars

6.

One Day Workshop on Scientific Writing, Dr. D. Kesavan, at College of Fisheries Engineering, Nagapattinam

2018

21 Students, teachers and research scholars

7.

National Science Day Celebration

2018

90 School and College students

8.

Career Guidance Programme

2018

63 B.E.(Fisheries Engineering) students

9.

Rally for Vision

2018

General public

10.

Food Safety Awareness Campaign

2018

50 School Students

11.

One Day Workshop on Statistical Data Analysis for Engineers, Dr. M. Kamalakannan, at College of Fisheries Engineering, Nagapattinam

2017

24 Students, teachers and research scholars

12.

Nagore Landing Centre Cleaning

2017

General public

13.

Dengue Awareness Campaign at Panangudi and Muttam villages

2017

General public

14.

Radio Talk on “Water Quality Management in Fish Ponds During Rainy Seasons” by Dr. D. Kesavan at AIR, Karaikal

2017

Farmers of Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur districts

15.

Radio Talk on “Water Quality Management in Fish Culture” by Dr. D. Kesavan at AIR, Karaikal

2017

Farmers of Trichy, Thanjavur, Puthukkottai, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Karur, Salem, Perampalur, and Ariyalur

16.

Guest Lecture on “Opportunities in Fisheries Science and Engineering”, in Higher Education and Career Guidance Programme, Organized by Nagore Lions Club, Nagapattinam.

2017

100 high school students and parents

17.

Guest Lecture on “Opportunities in Fisheries Science and Engineering” by Dr. D. Kesavan, in Higher Education and Career Guidance Programme, Organized by Department of School Education, Nagapattinam,at Prime College of Architecture, Sikkal, Nagapattinam

2017

More than 1000 high school students and parents

18.

Guest Lecture on “Opportunities in Fisheries Science and Engineering” by Dr. D. Kesavan, in Higher Education and Career Guidance Programme, Organized by Department of School Education, Nagapattinam, at, VarshaMahall, Thirumarugal, Nagapattinam

2017

More than 500 high school students and parents

19.

Guest Lecture on “Opportunities in Fisheries Science and Engineering” by Dr. D. Kesavan, in Higher Education and Career Guidance Programme, Organized by Department of School Education, Nagapattinam, at EGS Pillai Engineering College, Nagapattinam

2017

More than 1000 high school students, parents, and teachers

20.

Guest Lecture on “Water Quality Management of Ornamental Fish Farm and Tanks” by Dr. D. Kesavan in Basic Techniques in Ornamental Fish Culture and Breeding at ADM College for Women, Nagapattinam.

2017

More than 50 UG students

21.

Guest lectures
1. New technologies in vannamei farming
2. Diseses in srhimp farming and its prevention measures

2017

40 Beneficiaries

22.

Guest lecture on Current trends in shrimp farming practices

2017

35 Beneficiaries

23.

Shrimp farming for entrepreneurs

2017

10 Beneficiaries

24.

Kodaikala vanamaie iral valarpu – Interview programme at AIR TRICHY.

2017

AIR Beneficiaries

25.

Kodaikala vanamaie iral valarpu – Interview programme at AIR Karaikal

2017

AIR Karaikal beneficiaries

26.

Vanamei iral valarpil vellai kazhivu noi mattrum adanai tadukkum muraigal – Technical information in news paper

2017

Shrimp farmers

27.

Awareness programme on Advanced techniques in penaeus vannamei shrimp farming and disease prevention measures (under NADP and TANII scheme)

2017

35 Shrimp farmers

28.

Guest lecture for shrimp farmers from ATMA Karaikal
1. Site selection
2. Pond preparation , Fertilization and other water culture practices
3. Selection of shrimp seeds, stocking and Feed management

2017

30 Beneficiaries

29.

Guest lecture on “Fresh Water Fish Culture Water Quality”, in Seminar on fresh water fish culture water quality analysis, free water quality analysis camp at Centre for Inland Fish Brood Stock Development, Thanjavur

2016

More than 100 farmers

One Day Workshop on Scientific Writing
One Day Workshop on Solar Panel and Its Applications
Workshop on Statistical Analysis for Engineers
National Science Day Celebration
2018
Career Guidance Programme
Consumer Awareness Programme
Dengue Awareness Campaign
Rally for Vision

Infrastructure

DISEASES DIAGNOSIS LABORATORY

List Of Equipments Available For Disease Diagnosis

  • Thermal cycler
  • Gel doc imager
  • Hot air oven
  • Incubator
  • pH meter
  • Water bath
  • Bacteriological incubator
  • Laminar air flow
  • Biophotometer
  • Refrigerated centrifuge
  • BOD incubator
  • UV LAMBDA Spectrometer
  • Automatic protein analyser
  • Fibre analyser
  • Fat anlayser

ORNAMENTAL UNIT

Ornamental unit in our department has number of fish varieties viz., Arowana, flower horn, guppies, parrot fish, comet gold fish, milky koi, Molly, tetras, barbs and Cichlids etc.,

Basic Sciences laboratory

Digital colorimeter
Digital potentiometer
Digital conductivity meter
Distillation unit
Sand bath
Hot plate
Optical microscopes
Light microscope
Digital microscope
Vacuum desiccator
Vacuum pump

Spectrometer
Travelling microscope
Reading telescope
Lawrence half shade polarimeter
Solid prism
Reading lens
Diffraction grating
Vernier microscope
Spherical calorimeter
Newtons ring apparatus
Vernier caliper

Achievements

The Department has achieved 100% result in the final theory exams conducted during 2017-2018. The faculty members of the department has published over 17 research articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals. At present the faculty members of the department are involved in an externally funded project, and two University funded projects. Further, two technical articles and six practical/workshop manuals were published by the faculty members. The faculty members are also active in delivering radio talks in AIR, Trichy and AIR, Karaikal and conducting several outreach programmes.

Current Focus

THRUST AREAS FOR RESEARCH

  • To conduct need based research to improve the growth, survival and to reduce the environmental impacts of the fish/shrimp farming
  • To conduct surveillance, monitoring and developing technologies to contain disease related issues in Penaeus vannamei farming
  • To conduct advanced research in intensive shrimp farming practices viz., Biofloc, periphyton etc.,
  • Water chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Nanotechnology/polymer science
  • Organic synthesis/drug discovery
  • Organic electronics
  • Piezoelectric energy harvest
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Ocean Wave Modelling
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Probability and Statistics

THRUST AREAS FOR EXTENSION

  • Lab to Land training programmes will be conducted to disseminate the developed technologies to farmers, entrepreneurs, unemployed youths and others
  • Awareness progammes will be conducted to the fish/shrimp farmers on recent developments in the farming technologies
  • Preparation of manuals, pamphlets on better management practices and issuing time to time radio and paper news regarding seasonal farming technologies
  • Dissemination of advanced analytical techniques for the benefit of farmers through trainings and workshops
  • Training for on-farm utilization of solar energy for the use of small and medium scale fish farmers

SERVICES OFFERED

  • Water quality analysis
  • Water quality analysis
  • Consultancy services for various aspects of shrimp farming
  • Consultancy services for various aspects of shrimp farming

Faculty

SI No Name Designation E-mail Mobile No
1. Mr. T. Anand Assistant Professor tanand@tnfu.ac.in 04365 – 240441 / 240442
2. Dr. D. Kesavan Assistant Professor kesavan@tnfu.ac.in 90478 89665
3. Dr. M. Ramar Assistant Professor ramar@tnfu.ac.in 98949 19932
4. Er. C. Mercy Amrita Assistant Professor mercyamrita@tnfu.ac.in 95666 43241
5. Dr. M. Kamalakannan Assistant Professor kamalakannan@tnfu.ac.in 87543 56710
6. Mr. R. Palani Teaching Assistant rpalanispm@gmail.com 90959 41747

Publications / Radio Talks / Paper News

Book / Book chapters Research / review papers Technical Article Manuals Radio talks / TV
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